Scores of Yazidi women en­trapped by ISIS in Fallujah

Kur­dish Yazidi of­fi­cials de­mand the Iraqi army to pro­tect the Yazidi ab­ductees held by ISIS in the city

The Kurdish Globe - - SPORTS NEWS -

Scores of Kur­dish Yazidi women and chil­dren are now in Fallujah un­der Is­lamic State (ISIS) cap­tiv­ity, and they need pro­tec­tion as the Fallujah op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues, warns a Kur­dish of­fi­cial.

Hus­sein Kuro, Head of the Direc­torate of Yazidi Ab­ductees Af­fairs in Do­huk prov­ince of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, said that 150 to 200 Yazidi women and chil­dren are re­port­edly in Fallujah now un­der a po­ten­tial threat of be­ing used as hu­man shield.

Kuro said they have talked to the Iraqi army of­fi­cials and Shi’ite mili­tia Hashd alShaabi to pro­tect the Yazidi cap­tives along other civil­ians while ad­vanc­ing into the city.

More than 5,000 Yazidi women and chil­dren were taken cap­tive in Au­gust 2014 when the ISIS in­sur­gents over­run the city of Sin­jar in north­ern Iraq. Many oth­ers were killed by the ji­hadist group, or forced to es­cape their homes at the time.

The Kur­dish of­fi­cial also de­manded from the Iraqi govern­ment to im­me­di­ately send the Yazidis back to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion when they lib­er­ate the city.

The Iraqi army, the Shi’ite mili­tias and some Sunni tribal forces have launched a joint op­er­a­tion to lib­er­ate Fallujah from ISIS. The city was seized by the ex­trem­ist group in early 2014.

The United Na­tions and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have voiced con­cerns over the op­er­a­tion, warn­ing that ISIS is us­ing civil­ians in the city as hu­man shields to ward off the govern­ment's of­fen­sives.

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